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  • Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica: Half-life

    The series Half-life, a partnership between the Santa Fe New Mexican and ProPublica, explored health and safety conditions for nuclear workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The says it has complied with federal workers’ safety rules since the mid-1990s, but The New Mexican and ProPublica found thousands of lab workers have filed benefits claims for cancer, and hundreds more have died, as a result of work done in the last two decades — a generation in which nuclear work conditions were supposed to be safe. Reporting found these workers face steep hurdles and are more frequently denied benefits than older generations. The Department of Energy has also rarely held Los Alamos contractors accountable for safety issues and has taken steps to limit independent oversight of safety conditions at federal nuclear sites nationwide.
  • Missteps and Secrets: Los Alamos Officials Downplayed Waste's Dangers

    A leak from a drum of Cold War-era nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., on Feb. 14, 2014, released radioactive contaminants that reached almost two dozen and the environment outside the ancient salt cavern turned nuclear waste dump. Documents obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican exposed truths deliberately hidden from regulators and waste dump personnel by Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the waste originated, and the private contractors that operate the lab.
  • "Nuclear Security Problems: Los Alamos Lab Security"

    CBS News reporters uncover security lapses in Los Alamos National Laboratory, a U.S. weapons laboratory. In some cases the labs failed to check visas and passports of foreign workers, even after the 9-11 attacks. Two former employees were fired after trying to expose acts of fraud and mismanagement within the labs. The reports also showed that a large number of equipment and supplies were "missing" and/or "stolen," many of which cost thousands or millions of tax dollars. Reporters also exposed a misappropriation of even more tax dollars as some employees were discovered to have spent millions on "questionable purchases" for VCRs, trips to the spa, and diamond rings. One employee who was trusted with a million dollar a month credit line charged a $30,000 custom Mustang to the government credit card, and received no penalty for her actions.
  • How Federal Agents Bungled the Spy Case Against Wen Ho Lee

    The Wall Street Journal investigates the FBI investigation of Wen Ho Lee, a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico believed to be a Chinese spy. The Wall Street Journal investigation reveals that miscues by the FBI greatly hindered the case.
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    Fifty years and generations of nuclear weapons later, it remains one of the most glorified and reviled places in our history. Outside magazine examines Los Alamos, a town with a contaminated soul and a half-life of 24,000 years. (April 1996)
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    New Mexican (Santa Fe) raises new questions about the safety of workers, nearby residents and the environment from the Los Alamos National Laboratory operations; finds that the security at the lab is very lax, Feb. 17 - 22.
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    New York Times Magazine looks inside the labs at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the controversies, competition and personality conflicts that characterize nuclear research, Oct. 9, 1988.